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radio silence. airliners call the control tower at reagan national airport, and nobody answers. severe storms. tornadoes, heavy rain and hail cause all kinds of damage from california to pennsylvania. and losing a legend. the life and legacy of a hollywood original, elizabeth the life and legacy of a hollywood original, elizabeth taylor. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody, thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. we begin with an incident at rag an national airport just outside the national's capital. if you're an anxious flyer, well, this will not help. because early wednesday morning, two airliners trying to land at
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reagan were unable to contact anyone in the control tower. it's reported that the lone air traffic controller on duty was apparently asleep. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest on this. good morning, susan. tell us what happened here. >> hi, good morning, betty. this is something aviation officials say they have never seen before. first, one pilot calls in to air traffic control at reagan airport here in washington, then a second one does, looking to land, and they're greeted with nothing but silence. it was an event that could have turned out a lot worse. transportation secretary ray lahood has ordered a national review of air traffic control staffing, following a scary incident at reagan national airport. two airliners, loaded with passengers, were trying to land early wednesday, when the control tower suddenly went silent. after circling the airport, an american airlines 737 from miami was forced to contact a regional controller 40 miles away. recordings appeared to capture
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the confusion. >> american 1012, called couple times on a landline and tried calling on the commercial line and there's no answer. >> and they're not answering on the line either. >> reporter: moments later a united flight from chicago was on approach. >> united 628, just so you're aware, we just had one aircraft go into dca. and the tower is apparently unmanned. called on the phones, and nobody's answering. so that aircraft went in just as an uncontrolled airport. >> reporter: the two planes eventually landed safely, but the incident has raised serious questions about controller fatigue, especially amid reports the lone operator fell asleep. officials have ordered that two controllers be on duty late at night here at reagan national. >> that's really horrendous. >> reporter: aviation expert mark weiss says in all his years as a pilot he's never heard of a controller falling asleep. but he says pilots are trained to be prepared for anything. >> it's an anticipation that if this doesn't work out, what are
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we going to do? >> reporter: the ntsb has not yet opened a formal investigation, saying the agency is still gathering information. now experts say the biggest risk to a lack of air traffic control is not so much in the air, but on the ground. because it's in the overnight hours that maintenance crews are crossing the tarmac. betty? >> how frightening. all right, susan mcginnis in washington for us. thank you, susan. a fire broke out at the miami airport in an area fuel is stored. the blaze started late last night, but was not near the terminals or runways. it was extinguished early this morning. it's still unclear, though, what started that fire. now to some severe springtime weather. in western pennsylvania, recovery efforts are under way after a tornado damaged some 30 homes. >> we got a twister! you see that twister? do you see that twister? oh, my god! >> besides the homes, two schools and some businesses were also damaged. several people suffered minor injuries. some of the homes were destroyed.
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>> all i saw was just stuff flying everywhere. and i'm in my mobile home at the time, and i was scared to death. >> crews are working to clear downed trees and power lines. a line of damaging thunderstorms, high winds, heavy rain and hail moved through middle tennessee last night. there are unconfirmed reports of a tornado. trees and power lines were toppled, and a mobile home was destroyed. there are no reports of injuries. and a tornado touched down in rural northern california yesterday, about 60 miles north of sacramento. winds of up to 85 miles an hour ripped the roofs off several homes. no injuries were reported there, either. take you to libya now where nato warships are patrolling off the coast. u.s. officials say the libyan air force is no longer a factor. meanwhile, libyan ground forces still trying to retake rebel-held positions are being attacked by allied warplanes. terrell brown reports. >> reporter: traces of anti-aircraft fire pierce the night sky in tripoli.
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amid reports of explosions in the eastern part of the capital. there's also word that coalition forces have hit moammar gadhafi's kand in ajdabiya. rebels moving up their front line are confident they'll soon be able to take that city. >> this is a matter of time. time only. after maybe one day or less than one day, these tanks will surrender. >> reporter: coalition planes also bombed gadhafi's forces in misrata, to stop them from shelling civilians. secretary of state hillary clinton says colonel gadhafi has the power to stop all of this. >> the quickest way for him to end this is to actually serve the libyan people by leaving. >> reporter: the white house has repeatedly stated gadhafi must go. but the u.n. resolution calls for protection of the libyan people, not a regime change. that leaves president obama to answer some tough questions. house speaker john boehner sent the president a letter wednesday firing off questions about the mission in libya. he stated, a united nations
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security council resolution does not substitute for a u.s. political and military strategy. defense secretary robert gates says the u.s. could turn over control of the operation as early as saturday. but the terms of the transition are still being discussed by core nato allies. other countries are already flying a larger share of the combat strikes. but the rest is up in the air. terrell brown, cbs news, the united nations. early this morning, israeli aircraft hit targets on the gaza strip. israel says the attacks are in response to a round of shelling and wednesday's deadly bombing in jerusalem. a crowded bus was bombed in central jerusalem. one woman was killed and more than 20 others wounded. israeli authorities blame palestinian militants. in japan, three workers were exposed to radiation at the crippled nuclear power plant. two of them were injured while installing electrical wires, and were taken to hospitals for treatment. meanwhile, japanese officials say radiation levels in tokyo and its water supply have
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returned to safe levels. but remain high in two nearby neighborhoods. the number of estimated dead and missing from the quake and tsunami is now over 25,000. movie icon elizabeth taylor will be buried later this week. taylor died yesterday. she's being remembered as much for the life she led off the screen, as she is for her academy award-winning movie career. kendis gibson reports. >> and i'm not going to say good-bye to you. >> reporter: the world did have to say good-bye to elizabeth taylor wednesday. at her star on the hollywood walk of fame, violet flowers to match her violet eyes that helped catapult her to fame. >> the world's going to miss liz. my world stopped today and i know everybody who loved her and worked with her and had the privilege, of being in her space is going to feel sad for a long time. >> i feel like a cat on a hot tin roof. >> reporter: she ee pit ms. ed for half a century, winning
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movies and starring in her own personal love life that the tabloids devoured. she was married eight times and at the center of scandalous affairs. one of her husbands, former senator john warner from virginia, had only kind words for her wednesday. saying he would remember her heart and soul were as beautiful as her classic face and majestic eyes. taylor was one of the original stars here on the hollywood walk of fame. but in the latter part of her life, she used her celebrity to shine a spotlight on an issue close to her heart. she was one of the first to bring the hiv/aids epidemic to the mainstream media. she worked with dr. michael got leeb who was one of the first physicians to describe what would eventually be called aids. together they created the american foundation for aids research. >> she was tireless in her effort. i think that her presence as a spokesperson will last for many, many years. >> reporter: an enduring legacy she would be proud of. kendis gibson, cbs news, hollywood. we'll have more on the life
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and a surprising new study this morning on fish and heart health. the research found that eating fish like shark or sword fish with high levels of toxic mercury does not raise the risk of heart disease or stroke. no difference was seen in those with the highest concentration of mercury, compared to those with the lowest. on the "cbs moneywatch," from home sales, they are going to be falling we understand. and prince william and kate middleton make sweet music on itunes. ashley morrison is here in new york with the latest on that. good morning, ashley. >> good morning to you, betty. a mixed day for the asian markets. tokyo's nikkei dropped a fraction while hong kong's hang seng ticked up slightly and oil fell from a two-year high but still remains above $105 a barrel. today, wall street gets the february durable goods report and a look at the weekly jobless claim numbers. on wednesday, a late rally kept stocks on the upside. the dow closed up 67 points to hit its highest level in two weeks. while the nasdaq gained 14.
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the disaster in japan is forcing toyota to slow its production here in the u.s. the world's biggest automaker told employees and dealers wednesday that due to supply disruptions from asia, it expects to halt production at some u.s. factories. the company did not indicate the size or pace of the slowdown, but it is expected to be somewhat limited since most toyotas made in this country use parts made in america. new worries this morning about the housing market, after sales of new homes fell to the lowest on record. sales fell 17% in february, the third straight monthly decline. and the worst since they started keeping records 50 years ago. the median home sale price fell to $202,000. in response, many builders are cutting their prices and building less expensive homes. united and continental airlines are finally rolling out in-flight wi-fi. they are the last major carriers to offer the service to most of their passengers.
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the two airlines merged last year. 95 live tv stations will also be available. and besides making royal history, prince william and kate middleton are set to make music history. when they tie the knot next month, the entire ceremony will be released on itunes within hours. the wedding album will also be available online before it hits stores. no word yet on just how much the royal download will cost. betty, i'm sure a lot of people will be downloading it. >> yeah, no doubt. interested in that wedding, huh? the countdown is on. >> it is. >> ashley morrison here in new york joining us live. thank you, ashley. actress lindsay lohan has rejected a plea deal on charges she stole a necklace. lohan's lawyer says she didn't take the necklace, and are confident she will win if she goes to trial. the plea deal could have sent her to prison for several months. a preliminary hearing is set for april 22nd. straight ahead your thursday morning weather, and in sports, the grizzlies try to steal one from the celtics. [ school bell rings ]
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about once daily non-stimulant intuniv. here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york, partly cloudy, 42. miami, sunny, 84. chicago, sunny, 35. dallas, partly cloudy, 76. and l.a., light rain, 61 degrees. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clouds on the eastern seaboard finally pushing out to
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sea. and out west, storms up and down the pacific coast. later today, lots of sun and cooler than usual temperatures from the northeast to the rockies. and wet and windy on the west coast. in sports the grizzlies squeaked by the celtics to stay in the playoff hunt. with a minute on the clock, the clutch hook shot put memphis up by three. boston's paul pierce has a chance to tie, but misses. the grizzlies pulled off boston 90-87. rodney stuckey throws down a huge jam against miami to put the pistons up by three. but it is not enough to hold off lebron james and the heat. miami rallies past detroit 100-94. and in denver the nuggets wilson chandler nails the go-ahead jumper against san antonio with less than 30 on the clock. the spurs manu ginobili has a chance to tie with a three pointer but throws up an air ball. the nuggets defeat the spurs 115-112.
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. the sunshine returns as severe storms finally leave the east coast. the fair weather stretches all the way to the midwest, until you get to the west coast, where heavy rains and snow will pound the region. here's another look at this morning's top stories. two airliners scheduled to land
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at reagan national airport early wednesday morning called the control tower and no one answered. it is reported the lone traffic controller on duty was asleep. and in libya, allied warplanes are attacking libyan ground forces. the u.s. hopes to hand over control of the no-fly zone to nato by saturday. in japan, the u.s. navy is hard at work delivering much-needed supplies to quake and tsunami victims. charlie d'agata reports from aboard the "uss essex." >> reporter: they need clean water now more than ever in japan. the american troops on the "uss essex" off the northeast coast of the country are delivering it. they make it themselves. the huge desalination unit on the "essex" turns salt water into drinking water. it's just one of the ship's capabilities when it comes to helping survivors after disasters on the scale of japan's earthquake and tsunami. >> being stationed in japan, the mission here was to help our jan
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nice allies and partners and friends and families in many cases is very moving. >> reporter: delivering humanitarian aid is routine for pilots and crews here. but this mission has been complicated by the threat of radiation that hangs in the air from the fukushima nuclear power plant. >> we've got the training. we've got the equipment to deal with the radiation, so it's really just an afterthought. you know, it's in the back of our minds but it's not something that's going to slow us down. >> reporter: but they're reminded 6 the risks when they get back. each person who comes on board is checked for radiation exposure. >> it's really not changing how we do things. because we trained in this kind of environment. we do annual training all the time in this type of environment. now that we're in it, we actually put the training to use. >> reporter: military planners expect their role in recovery to increase once the japanese government can determine the specific needs of the hardest-hit areas. for now, clean water tops the list almost everywhere. charlie d'agata, cbs news, off the coast of japan.
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this morning on "the early show," more on the severe spring storms across the country. i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." parentheses have a place. but not on your face. juvéderm® xc is the gel filler your doctor uses to instantly smooth out lines right here. temporary side effects include redness, pain, firmness, swelling, bumps, or risk of infection. ask your doctor about juvéderm® xc.
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but what we should also be celebrating are the moments. the ones that could have been just another day but became extraordinary memories. moments when we learn about the world that came before us and a little more about ourselves. let's celebrate together. colonial williamsburg. come, be part of the story. and now is the perfect time to celebrate with the spring stories package. plan your stay at >> good morning and welcome to 9news now. i'm andrea roane. >> i'm mike hydeck. we made it over the hump. >> still a few showers though. >> lots of noise last night. >> rain pounded the windows.
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hail pounding windows in some spots as well. reports out to the shenandoah valley upwards of an inch in diameter. tornadoes through parts of pennsylvania and this morning, still got a few showers to deal with. here's your day planner on this thursday morning. look at the temperatures. mid-40s at noon. we'll see a little bit more sunshine this afternoon. highs only in the upper 40s with a north wind to northwesterly at 10 to 15 miles per hour. even wind chills will be a factor. these are the big storms we had last night. this morning, a dying cluster of storms is producing some showers off to the west of washington. we're dry here. as you go out toward eastern west virginia, parts of the shenandoah valley, you're starting to see the rain return. east of harrisonburg, vein about to move in. over to romney, light showers headed toward charleston. we'll see some of this morning as well. and just want to show you your
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temperatures now. upper 30s north to the upper 40s south. angie? >> thank you, howard. good thursday morning, everybody. we have the yellow light on. we have some issues out there. let's begin with the accident cleanup. this is on the inner loop in maryland. the ramp to eastbound route 50 remains closed as they try to clean up this fuel spill hoping to have it done by the morning rush. 270 is a go down to the lane divide. hey, virginia, no problems to report on 66 traveling through manassas to the capital beltway. still ahead in our next traffic report at 4:31, the latest on that inner loop drive and the fuel spill. back to you. >> thank you, angie. here are stories we're following for you from now on, two air-traffic controllers will be on duty at national airport late at night. >> that order came from transportation secretary ray lahood after an incident in which two planes landed without tower clearance because they couldn't reach the lone air- traffic controller. an official who spokane onomously said that controller had fallen asleep. pilots of the two planes
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contacted controllers at a regional faa facility about 40 miles ago and the controllers at the regional facility could not get anyone on the phobe at the airport tower. >> very scary. >> one measure of the stress people are under comes from montgomery county. where suicides are up and funding for mental healthcare is down. >> last night, advocates for the mentally ill gathered in silver spring to say enough is enough when it comes to budget cutting. scott broom takes a look at what's at stake. >> tucson shooter jared loughner, virginia tech mad man, cho, extreme examples but a warning that untreated mental health problems could be a problem to anyone like this attempted suicide that closed the metro in local mental healt tough budget times. in a quiet apartment complex, you'll find a place where the rubber meets the road on this issue. threshold services. >> always at our side. >> this is where james house
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has been living for three years. after manic-depressive disorder overtook him, he ended up divorced, unemployed and homeless. >> i lived most of the time at lake forest mall on a piece of cardboard behind the bush. >> threshold has assisted house and others with independent living, counseling and medication and job searching. >> they're here for help and they're here for us. >> it is a life and death issue. >> threshold has lost 10% of its employees. the county has slashed $4 million from mental health services that places -- at places like this. that says pam miller is a threat to everyone. >> i'm worried anymore budget cuts and we would be forced to close down the sites. >> that's the anxiety about budget cutting for the mentally ill. more mentally ill people on the street. potentially a threat to themselves and in rare cases, a threat to other people as well. in aspen hill, scott

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